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Mario Bava
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Date of Birth: Jul 30, 1914

Country: Italy

Biography: A former painter whose cinematic compositions were often as lush and gorgeous as any portrait, Italian cinematographer-turned-director Mario Bava developed a reputation as a master celluloid illusionist in addition to creating some of the most gothic and haunting films in Italian cinema history. (All Movie Guide)

Total Titles at Criticker: 37 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (35) | Writer (11) | Actor (7)
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Mario Bava: Operazione paura (2004)
Homage to the Master of the Terror, Italian director Mario Bava, hosted by Joe Dante.
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Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000)
Bava's illustrious career is explored in this 60 minute documentary that features rare film clips (including footage from "Danger Diabolik" and "Planet of the Vampires") and revealing interviews with Hollywood directors Tim Burton, Joe Dante and John Carpenter. (DVD Blurb)
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La Venere d
Wealthy landowner Mr. De Peyhorrade uncovers a bronze statue of Venus on his property. Afterwards, De Peyhorrade asks an antique expert, named Matthew, from another village to examine the statue and confirm its wealth. Upon arrival, Matthew is striken with love by Clara, Mr. De Peyhorrade's daughter-in-law, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the statue. (imdb)
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Shock (1977)
A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who processes her young son. (imdb)
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Kidnapped (1974)
A gang of thieves hijack a man's car after botching their getaway from a robbery. They take a woman prisoner and command the man to drive them to safety (imdb)
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Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. (imdb)
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Baron Blood (1972)
A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures. (imdb)
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Four Times That Night (1972)
A Rashomon-inspired tale of a playboy and a virgin's first date that may or may not have included rape, nymphomania, lesbianism, and groovy inflatable furniture. (Anchor Bay DVD)
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A Bay of Blood (1971)
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate. (imdb)
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5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
George Stark is a wealthy industrialist who invites five business friends of his to his remote Mediterranean island for a weekend of relaxation and business when he introduces them to Professor Farrell, a brilliant chemist who gives investment ideas to the group. But against Farrell's wishes, the group goes behind each other's back to obtain information on Farrell's chemistry ideas and soon the guests and residents start turning up dead one by one... (imdb)
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Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
Every time John Harrington hacks up a bride on her wedding night with a meat cleaver, the face of his mother's killer (who died similarly) becomes a bit more clear. Compelled to discover the killer's identity, he kills again and again, even killing his own unloveable wife, who returns to haunt him as a ghost that everybody can see...but him! (imdb)
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Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970)
Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other. (imdb)
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Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Fey super-thief Diabolik runs around stealing jewels, gold, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country. (imdb)
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Ringo del Nebraska (1966)
Marty Hillman lives on a Texas ranch with his wife Kay. A young cowboy called Nebraska arrives at the ranch. He's quick with a gun, so Hillman hires him to help fight his archenemy Carter. Hillman finds one of his men killed and his cattle poisoned. In the saloon, he and Nebraska present proof and openly accuse Carter. The sheriff arrests three of Carter's men. Carter attacks Nebraska, but gets the worst of it and leaves swearing revenge. (The Spaghetti Western Database)
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Kill Baby, Kill (1966)
Dr. Eswai is called by Inspector Kruger to a small village to perform an autopsy on a woman who has died under suspicious circumstances... (imdb)
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Knives of the Avenger (1966)
After the apparent death of her husband King Arald, a viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Aghen, King Arald's enemy. But a mysterous stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which evetually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Aghen. (imdb)
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Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
A comedy spy thriller about an evil genius, Dr. Goldfoot who is conspiring to ruin and rule the world. (BFI)
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Planet of the Vampires (1965)
In the near future the two spaceships Argos and Galliot are sent to investigate the mysterious planet Aura. As the Galliot lands on the planet her crew suddenly go berserk and attack each other. The strange event passes, but the crew soon discovers the crashed Argos - and learns that her crew died fighting each other! Investigating further, the explorers come to realize the existence of a race of bodiless aliens that seek to escape from their dying world. (imdb)
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The Road to Fort Alamo (1964)
A lone rider comes across a dying soldier, the victim of an Indian attack, who gives him a paper authorizing the payment of $150,000 to the U.S. Army. The rider gathers some colleagues who disguise themselves as soldiers and who take the paper to a bank. They get the money but a shoot-out occurs, an old woman is killed, and the gang acrimoniously splits up. (imdb)
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Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Isabella, a young model is murdered by a mysterious masked figure at a boarding house run by Max Morlacchi and his lover Countess Cristiana Como. When Isabella's boyfriend is suspected of the killing, her diary, which apparently has some incriminating evidence linking her to the killer, dissapears, the masked killer begins killing off all the models in and around the house to find the diary. (imdb)
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The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)
Nora is a young tourist traveling through Rome which takes a sudden turn when she witnesses a murder by a serial killer that the police have sought for years for the so-called Alphabet Killings, and Nora soon finds herself in way-over-her-head trouble when the police want her cooperation to catch the killer while the mystery killer soon targets her for his next victim. (imdb)
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The Whip and the Body (1963)
In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle. (imdb)
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Black Sabbath (1963)
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients - an elderly medium who died during a seance. (imdb)
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Erik the Conqueror (1961)
In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks out between Britian and the Vikings for control of England. (imdb)
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The Wonders of Aladdin (1961)
A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp. (imdb)
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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness. (imdb)
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The Last of the Vikings (1961)
Harald and younger brother Guntar return to Norway after a 10-year voyage to find their father murdered and his lands now ruled by the villainous Sveno. As part of his plan to rally the Vikings against this tyrant, Harald disguises himself as the Danish ambassador and enters Sveno's stronghold. (imdb)
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Black Sunday (1960)
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant (imdb)
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Esther and the King (1960)
The setting is Persia in the 4th century BC, as Esther comes to the attention of the recently widowed King Ahasuerus. The king has been trying to stifle and defeat the campaign of hatred fomented against the Jews by his evil minister Haman (Sergio Fantoni). Before the King can pair off with Esther and defeat the villainous Haman, there are several intervening adventures and an additional, attractive woman who competes for attention. (All Movie Guide)
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Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)
Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth - the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. (imdb)
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Giant of Marathon (1959)
A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army. (imdb)
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I Vampiri (1956)
In Paris, France, a crazed duchess, obsessed with retaining her youth, has her scientist lover kill various women and draining their blood for her use while a smug journalist seeks out leads for the so-called 'vampire murders' and links a local drug addict to the case whom is connected to the mad scientist. (imdb)
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Variazioni sinfoniche (1949)
Directed by Mario Bava, master of Italian cinema.
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Anfiteatro Flavio (1947)
Directed by Mario Bava, master of Italian cinema.
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Legenda Sinfonica (1947)
Directed by Mario Bava, master of Italian cinema.
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Santa notte (1947)
Master of Italian cinema, Mario Bava's second film -- a documentary
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Mario Bava's first directorial effort, a short documentary
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